Lion King, Bandanon Siteworks, Elton John, folk festival, comedy and more

Students from Shellharbour Anglican College in costume for The Lion King Jr. Picture: Adam McLean

Students from Shellharbour Anglican College in costume for The Lion King Jr. Picture: Adam McLean

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21

The Lion King Jr

Families can enjoy this Disney musical by the Shellharbour Anglican College. Students have been rehearsing for seven months.

Tickets at www.trybooking.com for $12 (children aged four and younger free).

At Shellharbour Anglican College Wednesday and Thursday nights 6:30pm.

Performers from Puttin On The Ritz. Picture: Supplied

Performers from Puttin On The Ritz. Picture: Supplied

Puttin’ On The Ritz

If you’re in the mood for a trip to old glamour Hollywood Thursday afternoon there are still tickets for the 2pm show.

Puttin’ On The Ritz – starring Rob Mills – brings to life the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin and will play at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

www.merrigong.com.au 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Folk By The Sea

The streets around Kiama will be buzzing all weekend for their annual three-day folk festival.

Around 50 local, national and international musicians – including Fred SmithJan Preston and the Hillbilly Goats – will perform across a number of venues from Friday to Sunday.

Friday and Saturday venues include the Showground Pavilion, Rugby Clubhouse and Uniting Church Hall.

The Sunday program is FREE with artists performing at stages in Hindmarsh Park and the Kiama Bowling Club.

For the full program visit: www.folkbythesea.com.au

Tina Arena - Sorrento Moon (I Remember)

Tina Arena in concert

From child star to worldly diva. Tina Arena celebrates 40 years with a visit to Wollongong.

She plays WIN Entertainment Centre, doors open 7:30pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets through www.ticketmaster.com.au

Picture: Sylvia Liber

Picture: Sylvia Liber

Green Flicks

Young South Coast film-makers will get their chance in the spotlight with short films on the changing environment – the short list of the Green Flicks competition will be on show.

It’s an environmental short film competition for 12-24-year-olds living in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

See the shortlisted films at the iAccelerate Building at the UOW Innovation Campus, 6:30pm, FREE.

Tim Collins, Paul Girdlestone, Randall Pring rehearsing a seen from On Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Picture: Supplied

Tim Collins, Paul Girdlestone, Randall Pring rehearsing a seen from On Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Picture: Supplied

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

First a book, then a Hollywood thriller with Jack Nicholson – now you can see it on the Roo Theatre stage in Shellharbour.

A ribald and ultimately devastating story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, this production is a powerful exploration of the beauty and the danger of being an original.

Running until September 30, tickets $20 and $25 www.roo-theatre.com.au 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Second Hand Saturday

Kiama’s Black Beach at the harbour will be a goldmine for knick-knacks and collectables from 8am to 12midday.

Entry is by gold coin donation with funds going to the Kiama Lions Club.

Picture: Wolter Peeters

Picture: Wolter Peeters

Bundanon Siteworks Festival

A little south of the Illawarra – 30 minutes from Berry – this annual event at the historic homestead and surrounds brings together artists, scientists and environmentalists.

This year’s programming explores the theme of ‘The Birds and The Bees’ with free workshops, art and performance.

Presented over a full day and night, Siteworks invites visitors to camp overnight on the historic property that is the former home and studio of Arthur Boyd.

All day - Artworks, local food and drink

Noon - 5pm - Create and Make workshops

2pm - 5pm - Conversations

5pm til late - Performances, bar, music and camping. 

Sunday exit time is 10am

Find the full program here: https://bundanon.com.au/whats-on/siteworks-2017/ 

Entry: $12 full, $8 concession, kids under 16 FREE. Camping: $10 pp.

Behind the scenes - Landscape With Monsters

Landscape With Monsters

An acrobatic stage experience inspired by the scarred beauty of the Illawarra’s changing industrial landscape is at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre for two shows.

In this telling of the story of the transforming of our industrial city, metal and wooden objects intersect with fast-paced acrobatics.

IPAC, 2:30pm and 7:30pm. www.merrigong.com.au 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24

** NOTE delays and road closures in WOLLONGONG from 3pm to 10pm due to the Elton John concert at WIN Stadium

Paperbark Forum – Aboriginal Culture Day

Indigenous workshops in spear making, weaving and gardening have been scheduled at the the Wollongong Botanic Garden as part of the Wollongong Fringe Festival.

Experience aboriginal dancing and singing performances, a tour of the bush tucker garden, cooking demonstration and tasting as well as hands on participation in a workshop of your choice.

At the Bush Tucker Garden at Wollongong Botanic Garden, 11am – 3pm. Tickets $34.90 via Moshtix.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Carrington, in 2016. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAK.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Carrington, in 2016. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAK.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Around 150 vintage motorcycles will take to the Princes Highway and Pioneer Road Sunday morning, to raise money for prostate cancer.

Men and women will join in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for the Movember foundation, mostly dressed in “dapper” threads.

To register for the ride visit: www.gentlemansride.com/register 

Martin Henchion is performing stand-up comedy in Thirroul. Picture: Supplied

Martin Henchion is performing stand-up comedy in Thirroul. Picture: Supplied

Steelers Club Car Park Party

From midday until late, the club across the road from WIN Stadium will turn its car park into a party venue with bars, food trucks and live music.

The party will continue until at least an hour after Elton jets off home in his helicopter to about 10pm or later.

New Comedy Club in Thirroul

Just when comedy was starting to sellout at Samuel’s Bar, the venue closed down.

Thirroul’s Railway Hall (next to the train station on the northern side) is the new venue, hosting established and up-an-coming stand-up comics on the last Sunday of every month.

This week boasts Martin Henchion, Kyle Legacy, Jamal Abdul, Lachlan Brooks, Wayne Peoples, Malika Elizabeth and Sally Lopez.

BYO food and drink, 6pm.

www.offtherailscomedy.com.au 

The story Thirteen activities to do around the Illawarra this weekend first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.

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